Yesterday, in response to a Tweet by Goodreads (@goodreads) that asked: “How many books do you bring on vacation?” (which was a retweet of @TamoraPierce), I admitted that I prefer an e-reader (Kindle specifically for Wifey® and I both). I mentioned several reasons;
- No rushing back to a library to return the books on time.
- E-books (and whichever device you use) take up much less physical room than a traditional “dead tree” books.
- You can download new books anywhere you can get a Wi-Fi signal at a minimum (or a cellular signal if your tablet has that capability).
When we took our trip to North Carolina over the Thanksgiving week, both Wifey® and I had at least five unread books on our tablets (we both have Samsungs), available for us in case of bad weather, or if we just decided not venture out that day. I think the only day we didn’t do too much was Thanksgiving day. I know I only read, maybe, a total of 3 hours over that week. But that was my choice.
Then, later yesterday my friend Kiersten (you can find her blog at Once Upon A Spine, (which I think it a really cool title) asked me “What do you put on your bookshelves?” Why Celtic pottery and a family altar of course! Well, at least the tops of our little bookcases are filled that way. We do have a collection of books in both of the cabinets, one is mostly cookbooks and the other old sci-fi. I have no idea why we’re holding on to these, but there they are.
All the pottery has been purchased from And Sarah Laughed. We find them every year at the Central Florida Highland Games. This year we didn’t buy anything simply because we’re running out of room. Plus we are trying to downsize. After spending twenty years in the military and averaging 22 months between moves, we learned to live with a lot less “stuff”. We’ve been in this house twenty years now. And we have lots of “stuff”. Too much “stuff”.
We also have about 5 different versions of the Bible under the TV in our bedroom. We don’t use them anymore, but they’re still there.
So that’s what we have on our bookshelves. What do you have on yours?